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New Nuclear Fuel Contract To Impact GE Joint Venture In Wilmington

Power News - Published on Wed, 14 Nov 2018

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Wilmingtonbiz reported that an 18 year nuclear fuel contract involving a Finnish nuclear power company will impact Global Nuclear Fuel's base in Wilmington. Global Nuclear Fuel and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj announced that GNF ENUSA Nuclear Fuel SA a joint venture between ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas SA and GNF, has been selected to provide fuel reloads for the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland.

The terms of the new supply contract awarded by TVO to the joint venture company were not disclosed, according to Jon Allen, spokesman for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which shares a campus in Castle Hayne with GNF operations.

The contract was awarded after a competitive bid, and will run from 2020 through 2038. This contract will include reloads of GNF2, a "high-performance fuel assembly designed to deliver increased energy output while decreasing overall fuel cycle costs," officials said in the release.

GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi Ltd. and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas LLC in Wilmington and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan, according to the release. GENUSA is a Spanish company based in Madrid, jointly owned by GNF and ENUSA to market and sell nuclear fuel and related services to the European boiling water reactor plants.

The fuel for Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant will be fabricated by ENUSA in Spain at its Juzbado Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing Plant and will utilize GNF-supplied components.

A significant portion of the Finnish contract work will take place in Wilmington, Mr Allen said that "GNF will provide all the fuel components in order for bundles to be assembled at ENUSA’s factory in Spain. This includes UO2 powder reconversion, zirconium components, (tubes, channels, water rods) which are manufactured in Wilmington, and other miscellaneous parts.”

This is the second major contract this year that has involved GENUSA and GNF's nuclear base in Wilmington this year. In May, GENUSA selected by Vattenfall to provide fuel reloads for the Forsmark Nuclear Power Plant in Sweden, which runs from 2020 through 2023, for reloads of GNF2.

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Posted By : Ratan Singh on Wed, 14 Nov 2018
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